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Writing Professor Scores Big with Debut Novel

Written by Fuse Staff
10/2/2011

Eleanor Henderson (left) discusses her book at Buffalo Street Books on August 15.

Eleanor Henderson has lived up to the saying “practice what you teach” with a whirlwind summer after her debut novel Ten Thousand Saints was published by Ecco. The novel has received rave reviews from the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post. A professor of fiction and the new course Writing Historical Fiction, Henderson embarked on a national book tour to promote her novel, set in part in the late-’80s hardcore punk scene of New York’s East Village.

“The high point was definitely visiting the New York Times office, where I learned that my book was going to be on the cover of the book review,” Henderson says. “But what was really special was seeing current and former students at nearly all of my readings. Reconnecting with them across the country was immensely rewarding.”

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